February 16, 2017 | by Rick Cook
"The Stafford Hamlet is an advisory board to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. In the matter of the Stafford remand, the Hamlet has been completely transparent, informative, forthright and as inclusive as possible, reaching out to all stakeholders as we have completed tasks to help not only the Hamlet, but also the County determine how best to proceed with planning for our area.
Taking our purposes to heart, we have accomplished the following to fulfill the obligations outlined in our Clackamas County Hamlet bylaws;
— Accomplished the great work of helping develop our community identity. A Vision and Values Statement was our first offering, which was overwhelmingly approved and supported by all. The Community Vision Plan and the Stafford Compromise are other products of our great work;
— Listened to and provided community members a place to express positions on issues of concern;
— Used the above to be "the voice of the community"; and
— Provided advice to the Board of Commissioners, Metro, cities, Community Planning Organizations and others with great care and effort (which has sometimes gone unappreciated, disregarded or ignored completely)."
February 16, 2017 | by Jeff Gudman
"With the possible exception of the Borland area, the Stafford Triangle does not need to be designated an urban reserve for the next several decades. Here are five reasons.
Community Values: The West Linn, Tualatin, Lake Oswego communities and the residents of the Stafford Triangle collectively do not want urbanization.
The three cities have been fighting expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary into Stafford for decades. The costs of infrastructure, lack of resources to pay for the infrastructure, impact on quality of life and lack of the transportation system to absorb the increased population makes the addition as an urban reserve problematic."
Stafford Chair: Jay Minor (Left) and Vice Chair: Dave Adams (Center) at Clackamas County Board of Commissioners Meeting